Maps (Click to Enlarge)

B. Van Leir map, 1751. This map is kept in the Hague in Brussels.

What makes this Dutch map, so important, is that it contains all the names of the districts of then Sinhale.

For example, Panangama, which today consisting of parts of Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullativu districts.

Anurajapura, has been made smaller, as initially, it consisted of parts of Mannar and was all the way to the coast and also what is today north Triquenamale district.

Many of the districts bore their original Sinhala names but now in many cases, they bare Tamilized names eg Waligama-Valikamaman.

Also notice, in the Eastern parts of the country in 1751. Their was still a district called Maha Rohana.

Today's map of Sri Lanka. Please compare this, with that off the map to the left.
Ancient Map of Lanka
     
 

Below are maps, that are found in the Netherlands and can be said as been amazing. These maps show, that even in late 17th Century. The Jaffna region was around 85% consisting of Sinhala villages. Today the Sinhala populace of this Important region, accounts to 0%.

Links...:

*Sinhala Villages of Jaffna 1695

 

 
 
 
 
This is one of the very rare examples of Portuguese maps. It is by an unknown cartographer but it is known to have been done for Constantine de Sa. A man who is quite legendary for his swordsmanship. Dated to 1606-1625, thus making this one of the most earliest of Jaffna. This map is before, the end of the so-called Jaffna Kingdom and as can be seen the only place available on this is, Caradiva...Which is in Sinhala.
 
 
Dutch National Archives-1695   Dutch National Archives-1695
 
Dutch National Archives-1695   Dutch National Archives-1695
 
Dutch National Archives-1695  
Dutch National Archives-1695
  Alimankada Kotuwa  
 
Original Sinhala names and the today's Tamil names.   Original Sinhala names and the today's Tamil names.